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From casual to glam: How to dress for holiday parties

December 22, 2014

Holiday parties abound. There are office functions. Decked-out fundraisers. Seasonal soirees. New Yearís bashes.

You get the invite. You R.S.V.P. Now comes the impossible task of decoding the dress code. Interpreting attire suggestions during the holiday season can be tricky, thanks to clever Pinterest-inspired themes like "Denim to Diamonds" and "Margaritas Under the Mistletoe." As if "festive attire" wasnít confusing enough.

If the seasonís party invites leave you scratching your head, fret no more. Our holiday-party lookbook has you covered ó from a casual night out to a dressed-up affair.

PROFESSIONAL PARTY

(office appropriate, business attire, workplace casual)

Channel your inner Ellen Griswold for a look thatís unmistakably festive, but modest. Donít wear short hemlines or show too much skin. Do dress up your everyday office wear with something unexpected.

Pearl button-up ($98) and green skirt ($108), Primrose Park, www.primroseparkmpls.com; Jerome Dreyfuss fur pouch ($495), www.barneys.com; Kate Spade shoes ($163), Nordstrom; watch ($225), Kate Spade; earrings ($17.95), H&M.

CASUAL CELEBRATION

(festive, anything goes, chic and casual)

Hate wearing dresses? This partyís for you. Keep it casual for family and friend gatherings with jeans, leather or sequin pants. Donít be lazy and resort to your favorite yoga pants. Do dress up a comfortable look with statement jewelry.

BCBG leggings ($158), Rudsak Yuki cold weather booties ($295), quilted sweatshirt ($49.50), Ralph Lauren gloves ($58), all from Macyís; plaid shirt ($29.95) and necklace ($12.95), H&M.

FESTIVE FETE

(creative cocktail, semiformal, after-five)

Now is your chance to dazzle. Donít wear something that makes you feel uncomfortable. Do take a fashion risk ó itís the holidays and no one will think twice.

Gold sequin dress ($157), Primrose Park, www.primroseparkmpls.com; pink faux fur coat ($59.95), H&M; shoes ($350) and champagne bag ($28), Kate Spade.

GLAM GALA

(formal, black tie, dress to impress)

The occasion calls for your most glamorous dress (long or short) and most impressive jewelry (think big). Donít pass on the invitation because you donít have anything to wear. Do save money by using a dress rental service like Rent the Runway.

Tracy Reese dress ($75 rental, $428 retail), Rent the Runway; Kate Spade shoes ($398); leather gloves ($175), Pumpz and Co., pumpzco.com; necklace ($24.95), H&M.

 

 

 



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